Wandering in a big or a little country

I do not know where I am going but I am on my way and then suddenly well not perhaps suddenly but perhaps yes I do know where I am going and I do not like it like that.

Because of this there is no such thing as one and one.

That has a great deal to do with the relation of human nature to the human mind it also has a great deal to do with the geographical history of America.

When suddenly you know that the geographical history of America has something to do with everything it may be like loving any man or any woman or even a little or a big dog. Yes it may, that is to say it does.

And why.

Why has nothing to do with that.

Some people like a big country and some poeple like a little one but it all depends it depends on whether you can wander around a big one or a little one. Wandering around a country has something to do with the geographical history of that country and the way one piece of it is not separated from any other one. Can one say too often just as loving or tears in one’s eyes that the straight lines on the map of the United States of America make wandering a mission and an everything and can it only be a big country that can be like that or even a little one. Anyway it has a great deal to do with the relation between human nature and the human mind and not remembering and not forgetting and not as much as much having tears in one’s eyes. No no tears in one’s eyes, whatever any one else can say. In wandering around a big country some people who live in a big country do not wander. What has wandering got to do with the human mind or religion. But really wandering has something to do with the human mind. A big or a little country. Wandering in a big or a little country.

Gertrude Stein, The Geographical History of America, or, the Relation of Human Nature to the Human Mind (New York: Random House, 1936), pp. 56–57.